Teenage holidays: the best destinations
19 November 2019
A good family holiday is not an impossible mission, even with a teenager. To go on a trip with teenagers without alienating them, choose trips adapted to your young adults. Choose original destinations and fun activities that are out of the ordinary. Discover our unusual holiday ideas with teenagers to make a family trip without the dream stay turning into a crisis. Little Guest (collection of luxury family hotels) has selected for you 5 luxury hotels with teen club that will change the game.
Are you looking forward to a family trip, but fear your teenager’s shameless mood swings and individualism? In the city, the mountains or by the sea, for short or long stays, hotels with teen club are precious allies. Designed specifically for teenagers with disillusioned faces, teen clubs have many assets: trendy spaces designed for teenagers aged 12 to 17 with table football, table tennis tables, interactive games, computers connected to the Internet and chat rooms. Qualified instructors welcome your teenagers in a friendly atmosphere and offer activities adapted to their age: sports tournaments, original and varied excursions, but also festive moments with friends and DJ evenings.
Survival guide for parents
Three tips for a successful holiday with a teenager:
- Let go of them: stop infantilising them, your teen needs to be valued and empowered to get out of childhood. Don’t struggle to tie them up to visits to local museums, activities with the little ones or hikes at 8 am. Trust them and let them wander about their business. The instructors of the teen club are there to lead and supervise the youth spaces. These professionals are qualified to prepare real discovery and entertainment programs for teenagers. The clubs offer activities and sports activities adapted to their age group (12 to 17 years old). To keep in touch with your teenager, organise family time, around meals for example.
- Enjoy family moments: once your teen falls through the cracks of a family holiday, you’ll have to deal with this tall child who looks jaded and attached to his opposing passivity. Give them these solitary episodes and value them during family moments by involving them in the choice of activities, excursions and evenings. The freedom episodes will allow your teenager to better appreciate the moments surrounded by dad, mom, and little brothers and sisters.
- Make them dream: impress them with off-road trips, trendy city trips or faraway trips to exotic countries. Opt for new destinations that combine sporting activities, relaxing moments and cultural richness. Awaken your teen’s senses, away from the screens that undermine their daily life. Get them out of a misty routine and take advantage of the holidays to create great memories for them to share with their friends in fall.
It’s a teen’s teen’s teen’s world
Going on holiday with teenagers gives rise to many questions among parents. Many fear the disillusioned pout and eternal sighs of these young adults in the making, or simply lack inspiration as to which travel option to choose. Proof of this is the fact that when you enter “holidays with…” in Google, the most popular requests in 2019 remain: baby, dog and teenager. Leave the dogs to the neighbours, consult our guide to know everything you need to know about going on holiday with your baby and focus on the third specimen (teenager). To create trips that resemble you while satisfying the desires of your teenagers, draw inspiration from our destination suggestions. A relaxing holiday on the beautiful Île de France, a great escape to South Africa, passing through the mountains of the Mont Rose massif, the land of 1001 nights and the green Algarve region, discover here our selection of hotels with teen club, which will make young and old dream.
Top 5 best hotels with teen cluB
Preparing a trip with your whole tribe, combining the pleasures of parents, the whims of teenagers and the needs of the youngest sometimes seems like a real obstacle course. To help you in your search, Little Guest has selected five luxury hotels for you with many activities for adults, childcare services and teen clubs run by professional instructors. Dream destinations, prestigious all-inclusive hotels, direct flights and children’s clubs… Overview.
LUX* Le Morne ***** – Mauritius
A family paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean
With its fine sandy beaches, palm trees undulating under the tropical sun, lagoons where the water temperature is around 28°c all year round and lush landscapes, Mauritius will not leave your teenagers indifferent. To get them off their usual jaded pout and bring a smile to their suspicious teenage faces, nothing beats a stay on the island known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. A crib of innovative and varied nautical activities, the south-western tip of the island, prized for its location which protects it from the trade winds, has all the assets to satisfy sea lovers. With kayaking, diving, sailing or catamaran, there is no shortage of activities. At the foot of Morne Brabant, a pretty gingerbread-shaped mountain listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site stands the pearl of the Indian Ocean: the majestic Hotel LUX* Le Morne.
Put your luggage down at LUX* le Morne to enjoy a refined exoticism and top-of-the-range service. In this elegant establishment bordering the Indian Ocean, everything is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding travellers. The hotel has 5 infinity pools, a fitness room, a spa, a hair salon, three restaurants and special services. The place is heavenly with its sandy beaches and orange-red sunsets that contrast with the crystalline blue of the Indian Ocean. The architecture of LUX* le Morne displays both a traditional and contemporary style with refined colonial huts, nestled in a green tropical garden. Families will love the “home-like” atmosphere of this sanctuary of peace. Here, everything is done to ensure that parents and children have the best holiday of their lives.
Parents not admitted
Children aged 12 to 17 years old can be found in Studio 17, space specially designed and equipped for teenagers. Supervised by dynamic instructors, your teenagers will discover the island by exploring its every nook and cranny, its curiosities and its points of interest during various excursions. Under the supervision of competent and qualified staff, your teenagers will be able to participate in sports tournaments, local dance classes, language training sessions and spend days at the beach or pool afternoons. Entertainment and theme evenings – parents not allowed – are also organised to the delight of teenagers. Studio 17 offers meal options at lunch and in the evening so that they never leave their friends again, even during meals. In the evening, families gather for film screenings under the stars at Cinéma Paradiso.
You should check out the following before leaving: Visiting Mauritius with your family: practical guide
Hotel More Quarters **** – South Africa
Ready for the big adventure? Heading for the country of Nelson Mandela, to meet the one called the rainbow nation. With its smiling population, breathtaking landscapes and raw wildlife, South Africa awakens families to the wonders of the earth, collecting the legacy that comes from the depths of time in harmony with the eternal cycle of life. Experience safaris to reconnect your teenagers with their childish souls. Discover the emblematic animals of the savannah, the famous Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and American buffalo, in the large expanses covered with dried grasses and dotted with green water points, whose beauty has made Kruger Park famous. In addition to its savannah-covered hills ideal for safaris, South Africa offers beautiful sandy beaches populated by penguins who enjoy alongside tourists, especially nearby Cape Town…
A flowery and elegant address
Halfway between the ocean and the South African wilderness, treat yourself to a magical stopover in one of South Africa’s most beautiful hotels: the More Quarters Hotel. Situated in City Bown, the historic centre of Cape Town, this prestigious address enjoys an extraordinary environment, offering travelling families dreamy landscapes and stunning excursions into the animal kingdom. The hotel also offers a wide range of activities including kite surfing, diving, paddle and surfing. Hiking enthusiasts will also find something for them, while wine lovers will enjoy the region thanks to its wine routes such as Paarl and Franschhoek.
A trendy and family setting
The More Quarters Hotel has a world totally adapted to kids! Not only are toddlers up to the age of 5 accommodated free of charge, but the ones aged 6 to 15 also benefit from a tempting offer: a stay at half price! How great it is to be a teenager! You’ll soon see that this charming address turns children of all ages into princes and princesses of modern times. Colouring and games are at their disposal to brighten up their little world as soon as they arrive. A new feature that will delight parents: a babysitting service on demand is available to let you enjoy water sports with your grown-ups to be!
You should check out the following before leaving: South Africa with the family: practical guide
Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort ***** – Portugal
A destination bathed in sunshine
Portugal, this authentic and sunny nation, promises you unforgettable moments with your family. Far from the daily routine and the noises of the city, Little Guest invites you to the Algarve region, in the far south of Portugal, to enjoy the joys of life in the open air. The wild and authentic beauty of the Algarve offers beautiful hikes on its rugged cliffs or between pristine white villages. With its long sandy beaches, its secret coves from which a sweet melancholy rises, the Algarve reveals a solar and singular soul. It is here, far from the tourist invasions, that it is advisable to visit the beaches where the Ocean takes shape in close-up and to taste the nautical pleasures. The beach is a great place to spend pleasant moments with the whole family: volleyball matches, construction of sandcastles, swimming for the older ones and rest in the sun for the younger ones. Remember to let your teenagers walk around as they please while watching them from the corner of the eyes so that they can enjoy their holidays in complete freedom.
Nature and privacy
To capture the attention of your teenagers and make the trip memorable for all, an original approach to holidays is required. What do you think of starting far from the beaten track, in a unique domain nestled in a protected natural park on the Atlantic Ocean? Located in Algarve, the Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort offers you a unique welcome. A small corner of paradise 1h20 from Faro airport, this luxury destination is the perfect place to spend a family holiday. The estate’s exceptional location, in the heart of vast expanses of land as far as the eye can see, allows everyone to have their own private space to feel at home while enjoying a wide range of services. Martinhal Sagres includes independent luxury villas, 3 restaurants and 4 bars, a spa area, 5 swimming pools, various sports fields, a water sports centre and bicycle rental station, a baby club, two kids-clubs and two teen clubs. It is not without reason that this wonderful hotel complex was voted “Best Family Resort in Europe” in 2013.
A club for everyone
To make it easier for families to stay, the Martinhal Sagres takes care of little and big children in clubs designed for each age group and run by professional instructors. Organised around the village square, the central place where restaurants gather, the clubs welcome teenagers who wish to meet each other to enjoy the activities of the Resort. Young people aged 10 to 14 meet at the Explorer Club, while the older ones aged 15 to 17 meet at the Blast Club. On the programme: entertainment, sports tournaments and beach parties, all with the complicity of the club’s GO’s. Ultimate luxury: the Finisterra spa offers treatments dedicated to teenagers, such as manicures or facials for teenagers. In addition to the programmes of the various kids clubs, the Blue Room welcomes children from 8 years old in a recreational area equipped with soft sofas, billiard tables and video games. Ideal for spending time with other children while Mom and Dad enjoy an aperitif at the Beach Club Pool Bar.
You should check out the following before leaving: Where to go to Portugal with the family: tips from a mom
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort ***** – Morocco
El Jadida, the Ancient Mazagan
Between tradition and modernity, both festive and family, Morocco is a country to discover with the family. The land of 1001 nights offers sumptuous landscapes, vibrant cities, the tranquillity of the Atlantic coast and warm encounters. Rather unknown to tourists, the coastal city of El Jadida is a welcoming city, open to the world and others. Marked by Portuguese colonization, the walled city presents early examples of its Renaissance architecture. The historic city, nicknamed “the Portuguese city”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can admire the remains of the Portuguese occupation before the city was taken over by the Moroccans in 1769. In the old town, there is an atmosphere where everything smells like fish: milk, eggs, bread and the fruits of the stalls. Here, smiles are commonplace, and the inhabitants greet visitors with all the warmth worthy of Moroccan hospitality.
On the west coast of Morocco, a Mediterranean destination clearly stands out among others: the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort. This splendid 5-star complex by the sea has a rich culture and an impeccable sense of hospitality. Worthy of a modern and luxurious Moroccan palate, the Mazagan is the ideal place to taste the Moroccan art of living and its delicious cuisine. Typical Moroccan dinners can be organised in Berber tents in Al Firma. Enough to fill your teenager’s stomach, always hungry, and open up their culinary horizons. Walking through the patios, gardens, marble halls and corridors with carved wooden doors, you will also discover one of the most beautiful architectural facets of Morocco. Also known for its magnificent Arabian horses, the Mazagan has an equestrian club where parents and children can enjoy breathtaking walks with the ocean in the background.
A multitude of activities at the Rush Club
The Mazagan has planned a series of services to make it easier for families to stay. The hotel has a babysitting service, a Baby Club, a Kids Club for children aged 4 to 11 and a Rush Club for teenagers aged 12 to 16. The instructors of the teen club do everything they can to make your children feel at home and share quality moments with children of the same age. Fun and creative activities, such as paintball, karting, archery sessions or buggy rides, are organised to offer your teenagers moments of relaxation and laughter with friends. A true sports paradise, the Mazagan offers surf lessons, jet-ski trips and snorkelling escapades to surf the wave of nautical trends. For young footballers, the hotel has a football field that meets FIFA standards!
You should check out the following before leaving: Morocco with the family: practical guide
Mirtillo Rosso Family Hotel **** – Italy
To disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with your family, going outdoors in Italy has no equal. The alpine valley of Valsesia, nestled between the high peaks of the Northern Alps, is the ideal destination to surf on the desire for escape and fresh air. The idea of the trip here is not to go far, but to be familiar with the peaks. The vast Monterosa ski area is the ideal playground for teenagers looking for sensation and recreation. Snow lovers take advantage of the 180 km of slopes to perfect their skiing, their snowball technique or their ability to run down toboggan runs at full speed without flying in the scenery. The excellent technological level of the ski lifts has made the Monterosa domain famous, which brings together the three valleys of the Mont-Rose massif.
In the Piedmont valley of Valsesia, a few kilometres from the Swiss border, a warm destination welcomes families for an extraordinary stay. Mirtillo Hotel places the comfort and well-being of families at the heart of its values. Carefully decorated in the mountain spirit, the warm rooms of this contemporary establishment offer everything you need for families with children. The architecture of the building combines wood and dry stone walls, reminiscent of the authentic villages of Piedmont and harmoniously integrated into the surrounding landscape. At the Mirtillo Rosso Family Hotel, children are kings. The establishment has a baby-club for children aged 1 to 3, a mini club for kids aged 4 to 10, and a teen club for teenagers aged 13 to 17. The Mirtillo’s kids-friendly asset is undoubtedly the celebration of Christmas Eve with many festive activities, a special “holiday” menu at the Biancospino restaurant, the making of traditional pastries and the famous treasure hunt for young and old following the footsteps of Santa Claus.
The Gang of Mirtillo
Do you drag 13-17-year-olds who sigh at having left with their mommy and daddy? To react to your grown-up children’s need for freedom, what could be better than to let them spend evenings with young people of the same age? This is where the Gang of Mirtillo takes over. Open every day from 4.30 pm, the club welcomes your teenagers after a day spent on the Monterosa slopes or on the hiking trails of the surrounding nature. The Gang of Mirtillo guarantees your teenager a young atmosphere to give them back the taste of a family holiday. Three times a week, technology enthusiasts are invited to participate in video game sessions and technology creation activities at the Nintendo Labo Hub. Equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, the club allows teens to keep in touch with their school friends and tell them about their adventures in the snow country.
You should check out the following before leaving: Tour in Italy: the top destinations and luxury hotels
And if you plan to travel with all the family, don’t hesitate to consult my advice in this article: Travelling with a large family: our complete file
Now you are ready to spend a dream holiday,
Have a good trip!
Audrey, 25 years old, journalist and travel lover, from Brussels